Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
In the world of perfumery, the word “synthetic” may have negative connotations since marketing has clouded quality with words like “natural” to justify high prices for products. “Synthetic” is often used to describe “cheap” headache inducing perfumes in a world where if you utter the word “chemical” you’ll incite hysteria. However, synthetic shouldn’t always be viewed with an unfavorable mindset. Synthetics in perfumery can create an abstract beauty that makes realism appear pedestrian.
The appeal of Narciso Rodriguez perfumes is… Continue reading | 10 Comments
Last week, I reviewed a natural perfume with a realistic gardenia note. This perfume ignited an olfactory craving for gardenia. I went through my collection and samples looking for gardenia-centric perfumes. I came across some Olivine Atelier perfume oils that are white floral focused. Right now, She Belongs There is satisfying my gardenia cravings.
She Belongs There is a white floral. It opens with a humid gardenia that has the faintest hint of “mushroom”. As it wears, the jasmine takes over. It’s a clean, fresh… Continue reading | 2 Comments
A few years ago, I put together a guide of perfumes with marijuana accords. Since then, there’s been many more launched with the theme of “high perfumery”. In fact, Colorado based, Aether Arts, has an entire collection of fragrances dedicated to weed, The Cannabis Series.
Reefer Madness is the fourth perfume in this series. The name comes from the delightfully terrible exploitation “movie with a moral” turned midnight movie flick, Reefer Madness. To my surprise, this perfume brings to mind the… Continue reading | 4 Comments
Drugstore Divas Week – 2016
This week I’m revisiting popular perfumes available at US drugstores. The sort of perfumes that many of us know but many of us perfume lovers completely ignore.
“Are you sure this is right?”
“Yeah, this is what she wears”, she said while picking up an oversized flimsy peach box.
“Maybe we could, like you know, find her something else. Something not sold at the drugstore and something…”
“That doesn’t appear to be so self-hating?”, she said with a giggle… Continue reading | 20 Comments
One of the things I’ve enjoyed about living in the NYC area is that the seasons are so distinct. For the first time in my life, I’ve experienced four very extreme, distinct seasons. In a city that is constantly changing; a city that is constantly a work in progress, I find that the seasons further punctuate this. The city never looks the same. I go away for two weeks and something that was once crumbling is now repaired while something totally new crumbles before my eyes… Continue reading | 2 Comments